Mid-century Modern living room

I think these two rooms are my favorite by far in the entire series.


Caption reads: Effective screening by surrounding woodlands provides the living room with privacy and serenity. Carefully placed outdoor lighting prevents large mirrorlike reflections on the glass walls at night and adds a touch of cool green from outdoors to complement the warm melon and rust tones. The living room and dining room, forming one large room with glass walls on three sides, are separated by the fireplace.

  • Brett Morrison PRO 6y

    I love the ceiling and the view out those giant windows.
  • Jeff Lamm PRO 6y

    wow...what a view. that rules
  • landseer312 6y

    House is nice, but especially with that view. I might not quite have gone with the Oriental motif that keeps cropping up, since the clean lines of the house seem worth focusing on, but the modern elements of the furnishings work nicely together. This would be a great place to sit by yourself or to entertain in. (I guess there are three flues for safety?)
  • Eric McGrew 6y

    The openess is great. That fire place wall is quite cool as well. The windows have been commented on, and I agree. I'm also digging that cool cowboy.
  • army.arch PRO 6y

    I love this room.
    I think the three flues are like the fourth one on the Titanic - at lease one of them (if not two) are fake.
  • landseer312 6y

    I didn't catch on first viewing the niche on the left side end of the wall, probably for storing firewood. The angle couch is a good choice. Hope there are other photos of this house out there.
  • landseer312 6y

    Meant to add that what this really resembles is a Marcel Breuer house, the stone and fireplace along with the wood ceiling were right out of his playbook for houses in the 1950s and 60s, though I can't identify this as a specific house of his and assume it's just a client or architect being influenced by Breuer (who has residential work even from the 1940s looks like it could have been built today).
  • Dubris PRO 6y

    The note about outdoor lighting is interesting. This is a fine room but I can't help thinking of the heating costs unless those huge windows are all double glazed (which for the period I doubt).
  • army.arch PRO 6y

    @landseer312 - as fun as these books can be, they are quite annoying in that they never give you architect or location for any of the houses in them.

    @Dubris - ah the land of time before the 1970s energy crisis.
  • neshachan PRO 6y

  • landseer312 6y

    I was curious enough to take a shot at identifying this house, or at least connecting it to a designer. It's distinctive and well-designed enough that it's got to be a relatively known architect/house. This site at the National Trust does a nice job of cataloging modern houses in New Canaan, CT, and though the pictures are small, some are tantalizingly close in certain aspects to this house, but none are it, imo. www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/northea...

    This house has a few distinctions that might make it possible to spot, including what appear to be columns outside the window wall, the wood ceiling/soffit, and the mullion pattern, especially the horizontal. MidCentArc on Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/midcentarc/sets/ has many additional photos of the New Canaan houses, along with MCMs from across the country. With all the documentation, and period and contemporary photos, his stream is a great resource, too.

    So I didn't find the house (yet), but it was one of those great learning tangents and I'll keep my eyes open. I am amazed at all the MCM info that keeps turning up. (EDITED 10/6/09 to add: Eliot Noyes is my leading architectural suspect at present.)

    Also, about the glazing ... insulated double-glazed Thermopane windows weren't uncommon in the 1950s, so whether it's likely or not, it is possible these could be. And while doing something else I discovered just today that double-glazed insulated windows were introduced in 1935 by Libby Owens Ford. Probably not cheap back then.
  • Tom Barnes PRO 6y

    I like this one....except for that......lamp.
  • Denise Mendez PRO 5y

    Oh wow, how cozy!
  • Caddydaddy1964 3y

    I absolutely love this. I wish the fireplace went up to the ceiling
  • army.arch PRO 3y

    I actually really like it with the three pipes.
  • italiaIrish PRO 2mo

    lol i want this now!
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